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Asia » Burma » Yangon Region » Yangon February 3rd 2016

Our Final Entry!!! Day 24-Wednesday-February 3 Inle Lake-Yangon We had a 5:45 wake-up call and got the bags out in time. After breakfast, we boarded the buses at 7:00 for the ride to Heho Airport for our 9:30 flight to Yangon and back to the Sule Shangri-La Hotel after another long and traffic-congested ride. Traffic is bad here almost any time of day. We got checked into the hotel and split an order of fish & chips. Doug went down to the Concierge and got the stuff that we stored there while in Inle Lake. We then rested for the afternoon. Doug worked on the blog. Later on we decided to order room service. Annette wanted that great grilled salmon that she had during our last stay. Doug had French onion soup and a big chicken ... read more
Yangon
No...this way
A different temple

Asia » Burma » Yangon Region » Yangon January 31st 2016

Day 21-Sunday-January 31 This morning we checked out of the Sule Shangri-La and got on the bus for the airport at 8:30 to catch our flight at 11:00 to Inle Lake. Inle Lake is located in the heart of the Shan Plateau. It is a beautiful highland lake, 2,950 feet above sea level. The lake is 13.7 miles long and 6.2 miles across, and inhabited by many different ethnic nationals of the area. The Intha people are the lake dwellers who are unique for their leg rowing. Leg rowed traditional boats are the main ceremonial attractions of Inle Lake. The Intha people are hard-working. Cigar-rolling and weaving are the women's work. One tradition says that the Intha people living on Lake Inle are the descendants of those who fled from Dawei, about 500 miles to the ... read more
Heho Airport
Our bags
Ye Min and Duli

Asia » Burma » Yangon Region » Yangon January 30th 2016

Day 20-Saturday-January 30 This morning we woke up early to get our bags in the hallway. After breakfast, we boarded 2 buses for our 7 hours ride to Yangon. We made a stop for lunch at an interesting place and had a small package lunch that was prepared by the ship. Upon reaching Yangon, we got involved with the usual traffic congestion. We drove by a lot of present and former military compounds and the driver took us past Aung San Suu Kyi’s home that showed the NLD (National League for Democracy) party signage. We finally arrived at the Sule Shangri La around 3:00. After checking in, Duli gave us a briefing about the different departure information as a number of folks were going different places. We relaxed a bit and decided to have room service ... read more
Dining area
Serving staff
Our lunch area

Asia » Burma » Yangon Region » Yangon January 25th 2016

Monday 25th January 2016 To get from Laos to Myanmar we opted to travel by air, which on research seemed to be the best way to go, to be followed by a network of bus trips to get us through the country. After packing up our backpacks, our first flight of the day was mid morning and would take us as far as Bangkok on a 55 minute flight. We were travelling with Bangkok Airways, which has been our favourite airline so far providing a free lounge with free food, drink, wifi and comfy seating. Bonus! Especially important when you have time to spare on a stopover. After a 4hr wait in Bangkok airport we boarded our 2nd plane for another short 1 hour flight to Yangon. Although both flights together only equated to 2 hours ... read more
Locals walking down the street
Typical overcrowded bus
Park Rules

Asia » Burma » Yangon Region » Yangon November 4th 2015

Yangon or Rangoon? Myanmar or Burma? Despite these potentially confusing name changes, the largest city in Myanmar is actually no longer the nation's capital city, that accolade having been snatched by the planned capital city Naypyitaw in 2005. Either way, Yangon completed the Myanmar jigsaw, which some would claim is laughably incomplete without a trip to Bagan, but with the sights of Yangon pending, the time felt right to get fully immersed in the whole scene. As with Mandalay, a car plus driver is a wise move for first-time visitors to Yangon, and on this itinerary, the ports of call were numerous, varied, and downright fulfilling. Botataung pagoda was a fine starting point, an exotic jaunt through a warren of golden sparkle, and following this visit up with ... read more
Shwedagon pagoda - sublime! (Yangon; Myanmar)
Karaweik Palace - something to reflect upon! (Yangon; Myanmar)
Workers in the fields on the outskirts of the city (Yangon; Myanmar)

Asia » Burma » Yangon Region » Yangon October 25th 2015

It was a short flight from Bangkok to Yangon International Airport. Touching down on Myanmar soil I had my e-Visa (https://evisa.moip.gov.mm/NoticetoTourists.aspx) ready and hostel booked. This time it was me that was approached by a fellow traveller wanting to share a taxi which suited me fine! My hostel was first - Pickled Tea Hostel - a half hour drive from the airport. I stayed here for four nights, eventually leaving on a night bus for Bagan on the 25th. Something happened when I arrived in Myanmar. I felt a sensation that I hadn't felt for a while. It was the feeling of excitement again, the feeling of being somewhere completely different to anywhere I'd been before. If I'm honest, the Malaysia and Thailand leg of my trip was a bit of lull. Perhaps it was because ... read more
Shwedagon Pagoda
Shwedagon Pagoda from Kandawgyi Park
Kyaiktiyo Pagoda

Asia » Burma » Yangon Region » Yangon October 16th 2015

I don't care who named it, or what you want to call it. But Rangoon is one of those city names that stays and stays, at least in my mind. I would compare it's intriguing name with cities like Addis Ababa, Rio de Janeiro, Cartagena, Buenos Aires, Cape Town, Wimbledon, and Reims. It certainly sounds more charming than Reno, Denver, London, or Madrid. But this is an old, disheveled work in progress, multi-ethnic, interesting, and even picturesque. The city border to the south and west is the Yangon River, also called the Hlaing River. To the east is Pazundaung Chaung (Canal),which flows into the Yangon River. To the north, the city pens up, spreading along long avenues. The northern end is where most businesses and hotels are located. The two most important townships outside of the ... read more
Young people enjoying the evening
Burmese noodles, one of the best meals on the entire trip
My first Myanmar Beer

Asia » Burma » Yangon Region » Yangon October 16th 2015

The Shwedagon Pagoda is one of the most famous pagodas in the world and it is certainly the main attraction of Yangon, Myanmar’s capital city. Locally known as Shwedagon Zedi Daw The, it sits atop of a hill and is 99 meters high. It can be seen from most places of Yangon day and night as the golden roof illuminates the city. According to some, the pagoda is 2,600 years old, making Shwedagon the oldest pagoda in the world. It sits atop Singuttara Hill, to the west of Kandawgyi Lake. According to most religious experts, Shwedagon Pagoda is among the holiest sites in the land. It is said to contain the relics of four previous Buddhas. People come from far and near to worship here. They say the pagoda is worth more than the Bank of ... read more

Asia » Burma » Yangon Region » Yangon August 20th 2015

We travelled from the golden rock to the capital City Yangon. After five hours we finally arrived in Yangon. Our first impression was that the city isn't as big as we expected it to be. The other thing we noticed was that the main part of all the cars in the streets were taxis, so the locals don't really drive a car yet. The first night out we went to the 50th street restaurant/ pub which is really nice good food an nice atmosphere. Finally we could eat something else than rise which we ate for the last week. =) In the morning we went to see the Shwedagon Pagode the biggest Pagode in Yangon and the religious center of Yangon. It's a really nice Pagode and definately worth seeing it. After the we saw the ... read more
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Asia » Burma » Yangon Region » Yangon August 10th 2015

Monday, 10th August 2015 Breakfast was a local affair at the Rangoon Tea House this morning. The local staples, Mohinga and Tea Leaves Salad had clearly gone upmarket at this grand café with high ceilings and wooden floors. Food was rather ordinary even though we enjoyed the hot coffee. Back at the hotel, we arranged for a driver to bring us to the Kyaik Hmaw Wun Ye Lai Pagoda located at Kyauktan Province. This was a temple sitting on top of a lake. Access to the temple was via the hoards of overpriced boats waiting patiently for us as we got down to the jetty. To us, this was nothing more than a tourist trap and definitely not worth the journey from Yangon. For our late afternoon snack, we headed by to the KFC which commanded ... read more
KFC Yangon
Goodbye for now




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